What They Say

I've had the honor of performing 4 or 5 shows with the original, actual Alligator guitar and this Alligator relic from 8West Guitars comes the closest to it by far.  

It really went a long way toward DSO capturing the sound of the Europe ’72 tour as we toured Europe in 2022.

                Jeff Mattson

(Dark Star Orchestra)


8West Guitars Alligator, Wolf, Tiger, Rosebud -- All fantastic instruments.  The detail and functionality of these builds are beyond compare.

The necks all feel immediately comfortable.  Tonally, they sound exactly like you'd hope.

Dave Hebert (Abear)

(A Very Jerry Band, Steely Dead, X'tra Ticket,  CO, AZ)

These things are alive! Before you even plug them in, they have an enormous acoustic presence, completely balanced and responsive from the lowest to the highest notes.  String bends sustain endlessly.

Plug them in and their personalities spring to life. Every pickup is vastly usable; split coil tones are airy yet full, while humbucker tones are fat and sparkly.  Chords never mush out, each note within the chord retains definition. Solos ring and sustain with limitless colors.

I'm endlessly inspired playing these 8West Guitars.  Every tone I'm hearing in my head, I'm able to access.  They become best friends quickly!

Josh Rosen

(Shakedown Street, CO)

Never have I ever felt so familiar with an instrument instantly.

The function is top of the line and the woodwork and craftsmanship are masterful. 

The tone is spot on.

Josh Olken

(Terrapin Flyer, IL)


This 8West "Wolf" is one of the best guitars I have played and it sounds so "Wolfy"!   Gifted to me by my good friend Andy Logan in March 2023, it has been a dream to play.  

Mik Bondy

(The Garcia Project, CA)


  These guitars are works of art, with every detail executed perfectly.  Before you even plug in you can hear and feel their natural resonance. Once you do plug in, that's where the magic happens! Absolutely amazing tone—incredibly inspiring instruments to play. 

Tim Gallegos

(The Deal, NM)

This guitar is a real joy to play - fantastic feeling neck with clarity across the entire fretboard.  I don't know how he's doing it, but he's producing remarkable guitars...        

Steve K., NY  

 I have been after a guitar like this for 20+ years and it’s everything I imagined it would be….and so much more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Jason L., VT  

I am in awe of the sheer beauty of this instrument.   I can't say enough good things about this guitar or the unparalleled skill of the man who crafted it. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jonathan L, IL